Voigt wins Tour of Germany on home soil

Updated: August 9, 2006, 12:40 PM ET
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KARLSRUHE, Germany -- Jens Voigt won the Tour of Germany on Wednesday, while Graeme Brown of Australia took the final stage.

Jens Voigt
Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty ImagesJens Voigt won his first weeklong event as a pro Wednesday.

Voigt finished 1 minute, 38 seconds ahead of American Levi Leipheimer after eight stages, pedaling into Karlsruhe for his 50th career triumph. Andrey Kashechkin of Kazakhstan was third overall, 2:23 back.

"This my biggest win. To win in Germany as a German, it's a dream come true," said the CSC rider, who has twice worn the yellow leader's jersey at the Tour de France.

Brown completed Wednesday's 106.9 miles in 3 hours, 46 minutes, 38 seconds. Erik Zabel of Germany and Danilo Napolitano of Italy were second and third in the same time.

"The first few days were a bit disappointing because I was looking for a result and didn't get it, but things came round at the end." Brown said.

The flat stage came down to a mass sprint and Brown found a gap to surge to the front over the final yards. The Rabobank rider's second stage win is expected to help his hunt for a new team next season.

Voigt took control of the Tour of Germany on Monday, catching Leipheimer in a stage through the Alps, although he is not known as a climber. His cause was helped when the highest peak -- the 6,628-foot Kuehtai -- was dropped from an earlier stage because rain made it too dangerous.

Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.